Beauty Blockbusters

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Every time you grab that tube of Secret deodorant, or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, or coat your lashes with a CoverGirl mascara, or style your hair with Vidal Sassoon mousse, you’re a part of something bigger. That something is parent company, P&G (Procter and Gamble), which includes such blockbuster beauty brands as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, even Herbal Essences under its giant umbrella of beauty aweseomeness

The P&G Beauty Collective

I’m so excited to share with you that I have joined a group of bloggers from Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, & more called the P&G Beauty Collective! Over the next 8 months you’ll be seeing me share awesome products with you on my Instagram–so be sure to head over there and follow me!

NARS Audacious & Hardwired Holiday Collection

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I have had the incredible pleasure of trying some more of the NARS Audacious lipsticks (in Barbara, Vera, and Vivien) and am oohing and aahing over the packaging for the Holiday 2014 “Hardwired” color collection. There’s a gorgeous fall-appropriate blush called Almería (a tan rose color appropriate for most skin tones). There’s also an amazing glittering dark green eyeshadow flecked with gold and light green glitter called Gabon.Read & Comment →

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon Léché

Can you tell I’ve been obsessed with lips lately? In case you’ve been under a rock, check out this post and this post (and then come back here, ‘kay?). I featured this amazing matte lip crayon in my October favorites, but I thought it deserved its own moment in the spotlight. This is such a lightweight, non-drying (hallelujah) matte lip color. Creamier than a lip pencil, and only slightly less long-wearing, this is a new favorite matte formulation for me. I especially love the color, Léché, which is a muted dusty nude with rosy undertones. Gorgeous.Read & Comment →

Splurge or Steal: Zara Checked Scarf

splurge-or-steal-zara-checked-scarfLast winter, anybody who was anybody (or fashion bloggers who just like to enable one another) owned the Checked Scarf from Zara (pictured above, left). Pinterest was rife with outfit pictures featuring this gorgeous blankety oversized fall staple. At $30, it certainly wasn’t a steal, but it isn’t exactly Hermes prices either. 

The kicker is – that was 2013. This is 2014, y’all, and it’s time to jump back on this oversized plaid scarf bandwagon. There’s just one problem: you can’t get that scarf anymore.Read & Comment →

Save the Date: MICHELE Watches Event This Saturday

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 I’ve been a fan of MICHELE watches for a long time, but it wasn’t until I treated myself to one that I realized just what I had been missing out on: amazing craftsmanship, premium materials, superlative timekeeping, and….(dun dun DUNNN!) the ability to change up your look at any moment. Until I purchased my own MICHELE Watch for myself, I had never known that the bands were interchangeable. Since then, I’ve been having so much fun changing up my look to suit my outfit or my mood that day. 

MICHELE watches must have taken notice, because we’re partnering up this Saturday, November 8th, for a very special event at The Nordstrom store in The Woodlands (part of Houston Metropolitan area). The details are below (including prizes!):

  • Nordstrom The Woodlands, watch department
  • 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 1pm – 4pm
  • Come in and try on different MICHELE watches, customize your favorite piece, I’ll help you! (Hey, I’ll even help drop a hint for your significant other for that Holiday wishlist! *wink wink*)
  • We’ll hang out, gab, have refreshments and sweet treats, take pictures, and I’ll hand out prizes!
  • We will be doing two drawings, and the winner of each drawing will receive a watch head, the matching bracelet and two straps of their choice. Customers must be present to win.
  • Each winner will then have the opportunity to make their perfect MICHELE timepiece with the help of yours truly by choosing from a selection of watch heads and straps
  • During the event, take a picture of the watch you’ve put together and post it with the hashtag #MYSTYLEMYMICHELE on Instagram
  • There’s also an awesome gift with purchase if you decide to splurge right then and there!
  • There’s no obligation to purchase, but every obligation to have fun!!

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Kylie Jenner’s Lip Products

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It’s no secret that in the last 3-4 months I’ve fallen victim to Kylie-Jenner-Lips-Mania. Dubbed “Lip-Gate” by those who swear she has gotten lip fillers despite her family’s adamant denial (she’s only 16! they cry), I happen to agree with the sentiment – there’s no way this girl’s lip plumping is just attributed to makeup. Lip liners are great, but they aren’t capable of supernatural powers.

Magic aside, she has a strong 90’s lip vibe going on which I can totally relate to–since I actually am a child of the 90’s. It’s that spicy-brown-mauve-matte look that is so cool. Mind you, this isn’t “your lips but better”. This is full on browny rosey nude.  Now, I have naturally “medium” lips, I would say. Not super thin, but not luscious either. I love the look of bigger lips but won’t get lip injections (“yet,” she hedges), so this technique is something I have tended to employ lately.Read & Comment →

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

I’ll be the first to admit that I fall for hype nine times out of 10. But this is one instance where I didn’t fall into the hype, and I’m so eating my words right now. NARS Audacious lipsticks are a new range of hyper-pigmented, creamy, satin finish lipsticks that are utterly amazeballs. Click for pics and swatches and where to purchase!Read & Comment →

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow

I’m relatively new to the Josie Maran color range, although I have been a fan of Josie’s for many years. In fact (*tangent alert!*), Josie Maran was the first legitimately famous person that ever followed me back on Twitter. This was back in the day before she launched her eponymous beauty range. I was, in a word, starstruck.

Fast forward several years later, and she has grown a hugely successful company, pioneered the use of Argan oil (now a household term), and she’s brought out a makeup line. What a woman! 

I decided to try out her Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows after being madly in love with the swatches I’ve seen on YouTube (Ashley, I blame you!). I bought no less than four shadows (there are a total of 6 in the range). These are simply stunning. Hydrating with real coconut water, argan-infused pigments mix to create a metallic sheen unlike any other. Read & Comment →

Everyday Autumn Makeup

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Hey everyone! Today I’m sharing my everyday autumnal makeup look. It’s simple, quick, and easy-peasy. The best part is that the eye look appears to be much trickier than it actually is. So it looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did. Which is something I like.

Click for the full tutorial below!Read & Comment →